Dayang Sumbi Educational Foundation
The National Institute of Technology (Institut Teknologi Nasional/ITENAS) at Bandung was founded by the Dayang Sumbi Educational Foundation. Itenas was originally an academy established on December 14, 1972 (based on the decree issued by Dayang Sumbi Educational Foundation Management Board No. 01/Kep/DS/1972) under the name of the National Academy of Technology (Akademi Teknologi Nasional/ATENAS). The Academy consisted of four (4) departments i.e. Architecture, Civil, Electrical, and Engineering. At that time Prof. R. Soetodjo, Ir., was appointed as the Director of Atenas.
In 1984 Atenas changed into Itenas at the same time with the appointment of R. Mansoer Wiratmadja, Ir., as the Rector of Itenas (based on the decree issued by the Management of Dayang Sumbi Education Foundation No. 01/Kep/DS/1984 dated January 3, 1984).
Up until now, Itenas continues to grow as one of the best tertiary institutions at both national and international levels. In 2018 Itenas was ranked in the 100 Best Universities listed by the Ministry of Research, Technology and Higher Education. In 2019 Itenas proves itself by stepping up the ladder into 70th position.
The Founding Father
The figure of a father, director, as well as lecturer who is simple, diligent, friendly and yet firm in his principles.
What Itenas is today, certainly cannot be separated from the role of its founders, late Ir. Mansoer Wiratmadja, along with Darmawan, SH and Ir. Soetjiati Boenarto who had the noble aspiration to establish Atenas which later became Itenas in 1972. To develop fondness, you have to know someone better. So, this is the story of one of the “Founding Fathers” of Itenas.
Mr. Ir. Mansoer Wiratmadja Bin Adnin Wiratmadja, born in Ciomas, South Sukabumi February 1, 1923, was graduated from ITB Civil Engineering in 1955 and became one of the academic members of Civil Engineering Department, Institut Teknologi Bandung in 1975. He founded a consulting firm named Gateni, or Engineer Association in 1950 focusing in the field of Technical Consultant. However, the soul of educator which was deeply ingrained in his blood as he came from family which has long standing tradition in education, led him to realize his lofty ideal namely ITENAS, an institution aiming at educating tough, intelligent, honest as well as honorable engineers the were needed in Indonesia at that time.
He actively promoted education. Teaching and establishing various organizations focusing on education, sport and technology adorned his young age. The young Mr. Mansoer was very active in the Bandung Student Association (PMB) and became one of the founders of PMB high school. During the Indonesia war of independence, he fled to Jogya and continued to quench his thirst for teaching there. While in the refuge, he married Rochiat Mansoer Wiratmadja (late), who was at that time a student at the Faculty of Medicine, Universitas Indonesia.
During his time serving as the director of Itenas, Mr. Mansoer was known by students, lecturers and employees as a person who was simple, diligent, friendly as well as firm in his principles.
His deep love for Itenas, which he built, was reflected in his way of being the example for all Itenas lecturers and employees. He always came early, traced every campus building, as well as observed the teaching and learning activities that were taking place on campus to ensure everything was going well. While doing so, he paid attention to plants, cared for and even watered them. He was happy when the employees in the gardens knew the names of each plant growing in Itenas. He often greeted and conversed with the lecturers, especially those whose name he knew. All of those made Itenas employees remember him as simple, friendly and fatherly figure behind his figure as a strict and disciplined director as well as lecturer.
He was always grateful and told his family and lecturers about everything related to the development of Itenas from time to time, as if inviting everyone to also love and care for Itenas. He even wanted his children to learn by getting them involve in managing Itenas, from the lowest jobs such as serving as registration clerks, supervising examinations, teaching to doing administrative works. This fosters an attitude in his family, that itenas is not inheritance but trust that must be professionally managed.
Until the last breath before he died, on February 9, 1995, he always told his family as well as Itenas lecturers, employees and even students: “I entrust Itenas”